PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One of West Philadelphia’s newest restaurants offers vegan versions of some of your favorite dishes. Think a burger — minus the meat.
In West Philly, there’s a place called Veganish that’s making the concrete blocks of Girard Avenue a little brighter by adding a little more green.READ MORE: Mother Of Four Shot Inside Southwest Philadelphia Home, Police Say
“It’s less about how you cook your food and more about what it is you’re actually eating,” owner Lamarr Ingram said.
Veganish is a new hot spot in the neighborhood that has locals noshing on burgers, piping hot cheese fries and buffalo bites without the wings, without the dairy and without the meat — except for a few seafood items.READ MORE: 5 People Injured In Camden County Crash Involving Tour Buses
Twenty-five of the 28 items on the menu are 100% vegan.
Ingram has been vegan for about three years and he changed the tune to his diet when his doctor gave him a choice. It was either medicine or make a change.
“My doctor gave me six months to lower my cholesterol and he threatened me with medicine,” he said, “and a lightbulb went on and I decided to try a vegan diet. Things that come back from an animal would affect your cholesterol. When I went back to the doctor, my doctor looked at the paperwork, looked at me and he was amazed I was in a normal range. Just to be able to do it naturally on a vegan diet was rewarding.”MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Weather: Delaware River To Crest Thursday Morning, Coastal Flood Advisory Issued Until 6 p.m.
Watch the full Taste With Tori at Veganish in West Philadelphia above.